Sneak peek: August 2013 new royalty books


Publishers have plenty of interesting royalty-related books to offer us next month, including two new books about early English royalty and (of course!) at least one book celebrating the birth of Prince William and Kate's son, Prince George.

LIFE: The Royal Baby by the editors of LIFE Magazine. Special commemorative volume, scheduled to be published quickly upon the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first child.

A Brief History of the House of Windsor by Michael Paterson. A look at the modern British royal family, from King George V to Queen Elizabeth II.

The King in the North by Max Adams. Before his death in battle against pagans, Oswald Whiteblade of Northumbria became the most powerful ruler in Britain.

Elfrida: The First Crowned Queen of England by Elizabeth Norton. Elfrida shared the imperial coronation of her husband, King Edgar, in 973. She was the mother of Ethelred the Unready.

King Faisal of Saudi Arabia by Alexei Vassiliev. Biography of the resolute leader who steered Saudi Arabia through a minefield of problems from 1964 to 1975.

Queen's Gambit: A Novel by Elizabeth Fremantle. Widowed for the second time at age 31, Katherine Parr falls for dashing courtier Thomas Seymour, but also attracts the attentions of King Henry VIII.

The Shores of Paradise by Shirley Streshinsky. Fictional account of four people in the final decades of the 1800s, including Princess Kaiulani, heiress apparent to the Hawaiian throne.

Publication dates are subject to change. For a list of all new royalty books published in August 2013, visit the Books page on August 1.

If I could only read one of the books listed above, I would definitely pick "The King in the North" because it's rare to see books about England's Anglo-Saxon kings. Which book would you choose?

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